Author Archives: Anna

Bird and Beast, Leeds

Bird and Beast rotisserie chicken restaurant, Leeds, Yorkshire

While not much of a fan of fast food, I do like food that is fast and functional. It helps if it is also hearty and delicious, which makes Leeds' new-ish restaurant, Bird and Beast, a winner for me. Bird and Beast serves free range chicken grown at Sykes Farm in the Yorkshire Wolds. This gives the ...

Cielo Blanco, Leeds

Pitcher cocktail at Livin Italy, Leeds

I've read a lot of good reviews about Cielo Blanco, so although I'd tired a little of eating and drinking in Trinity Leeds, I suggested to the girls we go back. It was one of our as-regular-as-we-can-manage Saturday afternoon-into-evening sessions involving cocktails, dinner and more cocktails. We started by soaking up one of the last sunny afternoons ...

Kitchen additions

New kitchen accessories: Anthropologie letter mugs, Asda black and white scallop mugs, Ikea turquoise patterned plate, Matalan glass printed jar, H and M wooden chopping board and box

Last weekend was a tiring one, full of working on the house and punctuated by a couple of hours in Ikea spent planning out our new kitchen. It was my first virtual planning experience and I highly recommend it. We ended up changing the layout slightly enabling us to fit in our dream sink (I know, ...

DIY gold spike & bead necklace

DIY gold spike and turquoise bead long chain necklace

It's been quite a while since I've shared a DIY jewellery project with you. Larger scale DIY - on the house - has been taking priority! But I have a stash of projects on the go or that I'm keen to try soon and this necklace was one I made in early summer. It was inspired ...

Friends at Everyman Cinema

Friends movie night at Everyman Cinema Leeds

When I was in my first year at uni, the girls in my self-catered hall and I would spend more hours than I care to remember huddled into one of our rooms watching episodes of Friends. One of the girls had the full box set on VHS and another had one of those TVs with a ...

Bathroom additions

House renovation tour: bathroom accessories additions

While husband is busy banging, building and bricking up downstairs there's not a great deal for me to do, except keep it all tidy-ish and dream about the kitchen I'd like to have in the end. (No, we've still not completely decided). What do idle hands do? They shop. Hence I've bought quite a lot of little extras ...

How can women help women?

Work hard and be nice to people - Anthony Burrill

The other day I went to a support group for this difficult patch I'm going through, and it got me thinking. First, there were only about 10 people there. It was in Sheffield, and the nearest group of its type for probably half of Yorkshire, and I know there are a lot more than a couple of handfuls of ...

Le Chalet tearoom, Leeds

Le Chalet French tearoom and bakery Park Row Leeds

When I go out in Leeds eating and drinking, I tend to spend a lot of time in the area around Greek Street, sort of the city's financial quarter. But an invitation came through the other day for a blogger buffet at a place around there I'd never noticed before. Apparently, Le Chalet (31-32 Park Row) ...

Coveting indigo and white

Blue and white staircase in Tangiers, from Domino

I often see a theme to the things I'm drawn to and collect and currently it's this fresh combination of white with indigo blue. 1. A beautiful and striking blue and white staircase in Tangier, from Domino. 2. I'm seeing a lot of blog posts extolling the virtues of the Japanese 'shibori' dyeing technique around ...

Tweet 4 a Table & Roxy Lanes

The Cooperative Food Tweet 4 a Table Leeds

Now this was something a little different. The Cooperative Food brought its pop-up restaurant to Leeds and over two days offered Twitter users the chance to win a free meal for them and three friends - just by tweeting! I was invited along to try it out, so found myself and two of my best eating ...

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